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Student Welcome

Welcome to the student section of ODHA’s website! You’ll find a wealth of information that is helpful and specific to dental hygiene students and new graduates in Ontario. ODHA is ready to support you now and throughout your career...

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Registering with the CDHO

The College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario (CDHO) is the regulatory body for dental hygiene in the province of Ontario. CDHO regulates the practice of dental hygiene in the interest of the overall health and safety of the public...

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Transitioning from School to Practice

CDHO Website: www.cdho.org Contact Information: Telephone: 416-961-6234 Toll Free (Ontario): 1-800-268-2346 Fax Line: 416-961-6028 CDHO Registrants’ Resources Self-Initiation and Use of Orders in the Dental Office Standing Order Template Self-Initiation of Dental Hygiene Services Conditional Authorization to self-initiate The...

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Practice Settings

General dental practice General dental practice is the traditional area of employment for dental hygienists. Settings include solo or group practices in general dentistry or dental specialties. Possible opportunities for restorative dental hygienists in such settings. Restorative dental hygienists...

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Getting the Job

See our collection of Job search Techniques Career services within dental hygiene schools Algonquin College Cambrian College Canadore College Collège Boréal Confederation College Resumé and CV preparation Curriculum Vitae versus Resume: What’s the Difference? Curriculum Vitae (CV) Samples and...

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Guide to Researching

PICO The PICO model is the most effective method of defining and formulating research questions in the field of dentistry and dental hygiene. The easy-to-remember acronym breaks down specific patient problems into four key components to ensure the most...

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Post-Graduate Education Options

Post-Graduate Educational Options The post-graduate study options for dental hygienists are truly endless, as dental hygiene provides graduates with an excellent foundation in health care, specifically as it relates to oral care. Many dental hygienist graduates further their education...

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List of dental hygiene programs in Ontario

In Ontario, dental hygienists need to complete at least two years of post-secondary education at a community college, private school, or university (see list below). University programs are not available in Ontario. The curriculum focuses on oral and clinical...

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Networking – Where to Start

Where to Start? The first step in any type of networking is always to utilize existing relationships. Reach out to peers and instructors to see if a mentor is hiding in plain sight. Dental hygiene is a small world....

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Career Options

Clinical Dental Hygienist Working alongside a dentist is the most common setting for dental hygienists. For new dental hygienists, the clinic setting provides a number of assurances, such as an environment to develop their skills and the ability to...